85+ Best Joy Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Joy is the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires. Inspirational joy quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Powerful Collection of Most Famous Joy Quotes

Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. – Joseph Campbell

When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. – Buddha

Happy is as happy does. – Unknown

He who laughs last, laughs best. – Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry. – Unknown

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. – Mother Teresa

We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy. – Joseph Campbell

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Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it. – Chuck Palahniuk

Souls who are capable of love are also capable of immense happiness and joy. Joy is the path that leads to both love and happiness. Once we devote ourselves to cultivating joy, we discover that we are surrounded by love. If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment. – Carlos Santana

Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… It’s your responsibility to love it, or change it. – Chuck Palahniuk

Out of the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks. – Chaucer (c.1343-1400)

People should take time to be happy. – Grandma Moses (1860-1961)

Sorrow doesn’t kill, reckless joy does. – Yoruba (West African (on joy and sorrow)

The soul’s joy lies in doing. – Percy Bysshe Shelley

If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment. – Carlos Santana

Let your joy be in your journey-not in some distant goal. – Tim Cook

Joy is the serious business of Heaven. – C. S. Lewis

Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy. – Joseph Campbell

If you’re not having a good time, find something else that gives you some joy in life. – Penny Marshall

Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough. – Emily Dickinson

Sorrow is to the soul, as worm is to wood. – Turkish (on joy and sorrow)

The more the merrier. – John Heywood (c.1497-1580)

The person who gets stuck on petty happiness, will not attain great happiness. – Tibetan (on joy and sorrow)

The joy that isn’t shared dies young. – Anne Sexton

There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward. – Khalil Gibran

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. – Nhat Hanh

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. – Rumi

Virtue and happiness are mother and daughter. – Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for. – Tomm Bodett

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. – Nicolas Chamfort

Laughter is wine for the soul – laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness – the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living. – Sean O’Casey

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. – Thich Nhat Hanh

To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with. – Mark Twain

Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. – Rumi

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. – Marianne Williamson

Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God. – Pierre de Chardin

Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair… – Susan Polis Schutz

We have to embrace obstacles to reach the next stage of joy. – Goldie Hawn

Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with. – Mark Twain

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. – Buddha

The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. – Christopher McCandless

Just follow your joy. Always. I think that if you do that, life will take you on the course that it’s meant to take you. – Jonathan Groff

Comparison is the death of joy. – Mark Twain

A flower blossoms for its own joy. – Oscar Wilde

Joy is to fun what the deep sea is to a puddle. It’s a feeling inside that can hardly be contained. – Terry Pratchett

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. – Greg Anderson

The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy. – Jim Rohn

I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace – a connection to what matters. – Oprah Winfrey

Do good, live in the most positive and joyful way possible every day. – Roy T. Bennett

Joy blooms where minds and hearts are open. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are souls in this world who have the gift of finding joy everywhere, and leaving it behind them when they go. – Frederick William Faber

When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness – all the good things. – Maya Angelou

We find greatest joy, not in getting, but in expressing what we are… Men do not really live for honors or for pay; their gladness is not the taking and holding, but in doing, the striving, the building, the living. It is a higher joy to teach than to be taught. – RJ Baughan

If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come. – Chinese Proverb

Joy is the realest reality, the fullest life, and joy is always given, never grasped. God gives gifts and I give thanks and I unwrap the gift given: joy. – Ann Voskamp

The more the heart is sated with joy, the more it becomes insatiable. – Gabrielle Roy

Joy is increased by spreading it to others. – Robert Murray McCheyne

Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow. – Helen Keller

The pleasantest things in the world are pleasant thoughts: and the great art of life is to have as many of them as possible. – Montaigne

Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed. – Storm Jameson

We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same. – Carlos Castaneda

Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself. – Mahatma Gandhi

Optimists find joy in small things. They are more concerned with having many small joys rather than having one huge joy. – Robert M. Sherfield

Resolve to keep happy and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. – Helen Keller

Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. – Henri Nouwen

Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them. – Leo Tolstoy

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. – Henry Ward Beecher

Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys. – Christian Nestell Bovee

Joy is not in things; it is in us. – Richard Wagner

You have to sniff out joy. Keep your nose to the joy trail. – Buffy Sainte-Marie

If we try hard to bring happiness to others, we cannot stop it from coming to us also. To get joy, we must give it, and to keep joy, we must scatter it. – John Templeton

When we are centered in joy, we attain our wisdom. – Marianne Williamson

The essence of life is not in the great victories and grand failures, but in the simple joys. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Joy descends gently upon us like the evening dew, and does not patter down like a hailstorm. – Jean Paul Richter

The only joy in the world is to begin. – Cesare Pavese

Short is the joy that guilty pleasure brings. – Euripedes

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. – George Bernard Shaw

Joy is not a commodity to be hoarded and protected. It is like a muscle. It must be used daily to keep strong and vigorous. – Laura Moncur

A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love. She gives most who gives with joy. – Mother Teresa

Joy multiplies when it is shared among friends, but grief diminishes with every division. That is life. – R.A. Salvatore

The joy of a spirit is the measure of its power. – Ninon de Lenclos

Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t’were his own. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

People come and go, pain comes and goes. But so does joy. And if our hearts are closed because we don’t want to suffer, they won’t be open enough to recognize the joy as it flies by. – Geneen Roth

Optimists find joy in small things. They enjoy sunsets, a good conversation with a close friend; and they enjoy life in general. They are more concerned with having many small joys rather than having one huge joy. – Robert M. Sherfield

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